REPRO: Reproductive decision-making in a macro-micro perspective
project

The main objective of the REPRO project is to upgrade the existing knowledge and to generate new scientific and policy-oriented knowledge on the factors that drive changes in the birth rates and influence the reproductive decision-making of contemporary Europeans. REPRO incorporates analyses in macro, micro, and macro-micro perspectives. At the macro level, we describe recent fertility trends observed across Europe and examine their association with selected macro-level social, economic and institutional indicators. At the micro level we use the social-psychological theory of planned behaviour to analyse the process of reproductive decision-making. The theory will be developed to fit specific demographic research on fertility intentions of individuals as well as of couples. We also use panel data to obtain insights into the realisation or non-realisation of fertility intentions. To this end, we make use of economic, sociological, and cultural theoretical approaches whose application has proved useful. The analyses at the micro-level are furthered by inferences based on available qualitative surveys. The macro-micro approach integrates the findings reached at the macro and at the micro level using comparable data sets on fertility intentions and behaviours available in most European countries and multi-level statistical techniques. This integrated approach sheds light on the impact and interrelatedness of diverse factors such as work patterns and employment, family formation, housing, gender roles and factors related to ideational change, cultural specifics and institutional settings. Finally, the integrated method of research generates knowledge that can be streamed into relevant policy construction and implementation. A synthesis of all findings will be performed to serve as a sound basis for drawing valuable policy implications.

CORDIS: 217173
From 2008-02-01 to 2011-01-31

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Coordinator: OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN

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    Demography

    Fertility, mortality and migration have strong, long-lasting impacts on every society. Demography is also entrenched with many characteristics affecting societal and individual...

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Results

Several factors influence changes in birth rates. An EU-funded project used an integrated macro–micro approach to investigate these factors for the purpose of informing family-oriented policies.

Report summaries

http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/55807_en.html

Additional Info

Funded / Co-funded FP7-SSH
Call Name FP7-SSH-2007-1
Funding Scheme CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
Partners
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ETUDES DEMOGRAPHIQUES
  • KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
  • UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
  • UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
  • MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
  • HUNGARIAN CENTRAL STATISTICAL OFFICE DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
  • STATISTISK SENTRALBYRAA - STATISTICS NORWAY
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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